Black Dog Tavern

4.4
805 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Featuring upscale Pub Grub, including Lobster Mac N' Cheese, Delicious Fried Chicken a Double Smashed Bacon Cheeseburger & More! Plus for you die hard Chien Noir fans we've kept local favourites like our Duck Confit Poutine, Steak Frites & Mussels on the menu. Enjoy an array of appetizers & salads along with fresh-shucked oysters & charcuterie. Round out your meal with a glass of wine, a seasonal crafted cocktail or an ice-cold draft from one of our 15 taps. Children's menu, gluten-free, vegetarian & Vegan options are available.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 805 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Todrifter
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Love this spot. Great vibe and quant. Usually everything is great. We loved the fried chicken, but the short rib was over cooked this one time. It happens. Service and staff are always great.

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MarcusR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Black Dog Tavern. Our meal was very good and our server was friendly and attentive (but not too attentive). It was fairly quiet, but then it was mid-week and there are pandemic restrictions. I had the fried chicken, which was tasty, as were the sides (mac and cheese and coleslaw). My wife had the mac and cheese and enjoyed it a lot. Creamy and tasty. The menu had some good options, both for food and alcohol. We'll be back.

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neonradarstrobe
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This used to be a favorite spot, mostly because of the ambience. It seems to have undergone a personality "vacuuming". All atmosphere is gone. No art on the walls (they used to have glorious 1920s French advertising posters); the music sounded like a Pac-Man game in the next room with overtones of dish-washer; the greeter lacked any kind of warmth or graciousness; the lighting was "hospital cafeteria-esque." The waiter was nice and gave some good info about the wine but the food was underwhelming. Steak/Frites was just that. A big slab of steak (they used to slice it nicely) which was cooked well but a bit tasteless, and a bunch of french fries. Not really frites and not even a single condiment. Had to ask for salt and pepper and aioli for the fries. Aioli was just mayonnaise. Pretty disappointing food but it really was the complete absence of ambience that really turned me off. This was once a place that we would take visitors to Kington for a charming, casually elegant evening. I would never take a guest there now. Not doing that again!

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JenniferK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice meal, attentive service, clean, great lighting. We would go back!

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amybeth2019
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday dinner. Food was beyond delicious! Service impeccable! Always enjoy myself when I go!

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Russ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very enjoyable experience. Certainly will dine there again

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KenM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Black Dog has fallen a long way from when they were Chien Noir. Now it's nothing more than a glorified finger food place in a well-restored old building. The food is over-priced and the wine-by-the-glass prices are larcenous. If you want a decent lunch - though pricey - then you'll be happy. If you're going for a nice dinner, you'll be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service,

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LisaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service! We had the steak sandwich and fish and chips - both meals were absolutely delicious. Our server was super easy going, attentive and keen to give her opinion on the menu items. Will definitely be going back.

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PaulaW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new fave! Every single thing we tasted was perfect! Immediately daughter & I have decided to make it a monthly dinner date there. 🤩

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Lourcell
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1. The food was amazingly great!
We ordered:
korean duck wings- it's very tasty , steak frites-was cooked to perfection
Veggie sandwich-mmm so yummy
And for dessert, we tried creme caramel(this is to die for) and chocolate trifle(this one is just ok)
2. Service is excellent!
3. Ambience- we're fortunate that it wasn't that busy when we came so we did enjoyed our dinner
Overall, we will definitely come back!

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jessicas
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Our server was extremely rude and pushy. It was as though we were an inconvenience to them. We decided to leave after our app and go to another restaurant. We had very high hopes as this was our first experience at black dog.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent burger and fantastic service.

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Tamara
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was disappointed to find out that it was no longer a French restaurant. I was looking forward to the onion soup that was recommended to me. I did enjoy the food but when you have your heart set on that fabulous soup nothing can take that craving away.

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magoo
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Great food to delight the palate and beautiful ambiance. One of our go to restaurants in Kingston

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BarbB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance. Had steak frites, fried chicken and brussel sprouts appetizer.
All excellent. Lots of choices on menu.

Very good choice of wine and beer.

Will definitely dine there again.

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NicoleF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a amazing time on Saturday night! Food and service were amazing! Would definitely recommend!! Thank you!

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Debdeb
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food were great. Had the Brussel Sprouts as an appetizer. It seems like an odd thing to have as a sharable but they are delicious! If you like brussel sprouts order them.

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Rebecca
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, still have some Chien Noir favs like duck confit poutine. Staff were attentive and friendly. Part of my party was late to be seated and it was no problem despite covid suggestions. Can’t wait to come back!

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Deni
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have to be careful at which table they sit you. We were given a table very close to the bar, and when the couple sitting at the bar arrived they were within 1 meter of us. In fact, they had a hard time getting to their chairs, that's how close they were to us. Those seats in the bar should not be there! We asked to move to another table and, although they did move us, it was not without a bit of attitude.

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LiseM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Servers was awesome and very attentive. My favorite restaurant downtown Kingston.

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ShanaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently went to Black Dog Tavern for dinner and everything was very good! I would highly recommend the brussel sprout appetizer! So yummy!

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ShawnR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice to dine here. Classic gastro pub food, with some modern embellishments, that is prepared very well. I think they could expand the wine list a little though.

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TheAF
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and drinks were very tasty, and we really enjoyed our visit. The restaurant itself was fairly quiet, presumably because of Covid, and we appreciated that tables were spaced apart and dividers used.

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Bella
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, so pleased to be back, felt like going home. Best Judith

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Anniversary

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BenF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful visit for brunch . Eggs Benny could have been hotter when served otherwise this was a five star experience.

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Shannon
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visiting from out of town, and the food and service do not disappoint. This is so much than a pub. It’s a gastro pub but really should be a bistro and the name Le Chien Noire is still my preferred name of choice. Everyone is welcome, but the caliber of the chef demands the higher standard in my opinion. Regardless, even during Covid (having recently welcomed diners back), staff was courteous and professional and safe. It felt like the “good old days”. We were 3 women meeting to celebrate a birthday and even though one of the ladies was my 20 year old daughter who goes to school in Kingston, she was treated just as courteously as her slightly older companions 😉 The short ribs were tasty and tender and I didn’t want polenta (sorry chef!) and it was no problem to get my frites. The charcuterie board we shared before hand was yummy too. Lovely glass of Prosecco to start and a tasty bottle of Amarone with our mains made the dinner perfect. We might have had to much fun as we totally forgot to order dessert. Probably just as well, because hello I haven’t been properly out in forever and us lightweights weren’t used to a before dinner drink and wine. Atmosphere is cozy and warm and in the summer they have a gorgeous hidden gem, the patio. Whether dining in or out, there is something for everyone! Thank you again! I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening with great food

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JaKParHe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Cozy atmosphere, fantastic service and amazing food. Would 100% recommend!

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Jess
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The grilled veggie sandwich was amazing, and the fries never disappoint. My husbands spare ribs weren’t overly impressive, good but not great.

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GenaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Justin, was phenomenal! The foods were excellent and of great portion! The wine selection is not too bad either. Our dining experience was really special.

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Waggs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

To give them a break don't know if they were not prepared to reopen. But hearing that they let in the GTA as the bartender explained was disheartening. Food was not near the par of what they were charging.

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GerryS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Way too much money for what you get. $24 for fried chicken in a basket? Popeyes is tastier and a better deal. $12 for a martini? I am aware we are in COVID-19 restrictions but condiments in packets. Tepid hamburgers. We asked for an empty booth and were told we had to reserve one. That wasn’t an option on Open Table. Chien Noir was much better. I hope this is re-opening jitters but we won’t be going back any time soon. There are so many other places at this price point in Kingston.

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TimL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Even with the hurdles presented by covid, not a pleasant experience. Arrived for our 4pm reservation and told to come back in 5-10 minutes. It was 3:51 on my cellphone. The pub was very cold and others were putting on jackets during their meal. Waitress was initially pushy, then not interested. Food was good.

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JLoooooooo
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, our server was outstanding, drinks were good, food was great. Definitely will be back. Covid protocols were in place and was never a concern while we were there.

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BartT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service
Not Covid Freindly
Over priced for a pub

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alans
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and great service we would highly recommend a visit

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MarcL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Staff was friendly, attentive and efficient. Good location downtown with sightseeing clise by. Will recommend to friends and will return when I come back in town.

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Casey
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, but low availability of vegan options for a gastropub in 2020

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Black Dog Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 805 OpenTable diners.

Black Dog Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.blackdoghospitality.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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